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Friday, October 17, 2014


About the book
As Israeli and Palestinian leaders prepare to make a joint announcement at the Tower of London, an influential scholar is tortured and murdered in his well-appointed home in St. John’s Wood. Academic researcher Ayesha Ryder believes the killing is no coincidence. Sir Evelyn Montagu had unearthed shocking revelations about T. E. Lawrence—the famed Lawrence of Arabia. Could Montagu have been targeted because of his discoveries?

Ryder’s search for answers takes her back to her old life in the Middle East and into a lion’s den of killers and traitors. As she draws the attention of agents from both sides of the conflict, including detectives from Scotland Yard and MI5, Ryder stumbles deeper into Lawrence’s secrets, an astounding case of royal blackmail, even the search for the Bible’s lost Ark of the Covenant. 

Every step of the way, the endgame grows more terrifying. But when an attack rocks London, the real players show their hand—and Ayesha Ryder is left holding the final piece of the puzzle.

Wow and wow.  I'm 2 for 2 this week on my thrillers and I'm loving it. Ryder invokes feelings of Indiana Jones and National Treasure. The race to discover clues and secrets was edge-of-your seat thrilling.

I really liked Ayesha. Seriously an awesome heroine and tough ass woman. She's been through hell and back, literally, and she can hold her own against terrorists and killers. I loved that it was the women who were strong and who ultimately figured out the answers to the Lawrence puzzle. I hope we see more of Dame Imogen and Lady Madrigal in later books.

Historically rich and detailed. Now, in the interest of full disclosure, my understanding and knowledge of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict is minimal at best. My knowledge of T.E. Lawrence is even scantier. I've never seen Lawrence of Arabia. So, I have no idea how much of the history is real or how much, if any, is fictional. And I don't care. The book was fast-paced and thrilling and I couldn't turn the pages quickly enough.

I can't wait for the next book in the series.

Mild profanity and descriptions of torture.

Thanks to TLC Book Tours and Netgalley for the opportunity to review this book.  You can learn more about Nick Pengelley here. You can see other reviews and tour stops here. You can purchase your own copy here.

Read 10/14

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4/5 Stars


  1. Hi Holly. Thanks for the great review - so glad you liked the book!

    1. Thank you for writing such strong female characters. I'm looking forward to the sequels. Thanks for stopping by!

  2. Ooh I wonder if this will be made into a movie - it sounds like it would be a great one!

    Thanks for being a part of the tour!